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Enter the serial number from the pocket watch movement below. Do not use the case number. Tips for looking up your watch

How to Find Info About Your Pocket Watch

The Pocket Watch Database has compiled data covering the major American pocket watch manufacturers and created an easy way to find information using the serial number on the watch movement. Here are a few tips to find information about your pocket watch:

  1. Always input the serial number from the pocket watch movement (the "guts" of the watch).
  2. Never use the serial number from the case or any other part.
  3. If the serial number includes a letter, enter it along with the number when using the lookup feature.
  4. Many pocket watch case backs screw off. Others may require a dull wide blade to pry or pop the cover. Be careful not to scratch or damage the movement.
  5. Always select the correct manufacturer, which is usually stamped on the watch movement.
  6. If the manufacturer is not listed on the site, you may have a "private label" watch or it may not be American-made.
  7. Understand that many companies did not keep accurate or complete records. As a result, information displayed on this site may have inaccuracies. This is to be expected, and we have included an option to report inaccurate information on the result pages so the database can be continually improved.
Pocket Watch Serial Number Lookup - Hamilton, South Bend, Illinois, Rockford, Waltham & Elgin Pocket Watches
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Grade: 13

Manufacturer: Elgin
Manufacturer Location: Elgin, Illinois
Movement Serial Number: 1242486
Grade: 13
Model: 1
Class: 5
Estimated Production Year: 1883
Run Quantity: 10,000
Total Production: 155,000
Size: 18s
Jewels: 11j
Movement Configuration: Either
Movement Finish: Gilt
Movement Setting: Key
Plate: Full Plate
Barrel: Going
Train: Quick
Regulator: Plain
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
U.S. Patents: 77078
Data Research: c.1950 Elgin Serial List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • November 8, 2017:
    Serial Number 1244763 was reported as accurate
  • August 21, 2016:
    Serial Number 1240907 was reported as accurate
  • August 12, 2016:
    Serial Number 1240907 was reported as accurate
  • August 19, 2015:
    Serial Number 1248662 was reported as accurate
  • January 17, 2015:
    Serial Number 1245305 was reported as accurate
  • December 15, 2014:
    Serial Number 1240145 was reported as accurate
  • November 22, 2014:
    Serial Number 1241933 was reported as accurate
  • November 14, 2014:
    Serial Number 1240145 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 1242518 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2014:
    Serial Number 1245143 was reported as accurate
  • March 26, 2014:
    Serial Number 1244006 was reported as accurate
  • January 18, 2014:
    Serial Number 1241933 was reported as accurate
  • November 24, 2013:
    Serial Number 1242518 was reported as accurate
  • October 22, 2013:
    Serial Number 1241933 was reported as accurate
  • May 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 1245744 was reported as accurate
  • March 8, 2013:
    Serial Number 1248228 was reported as accurate
  • February 9, 2013:
    Serial Number 1248602 was reported as accurate
  • January 6, 2013:
    Serial Number 1240373 was reported as accurate
  • November 27, 2012:
    Serial Number 1248506 was reported as accurate
  • November 16, 2012:
    Serial Number 1247796 was reported as accurate
  • August 11, 2012:
    Serial Number 1248501 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • July 25, 2012:
    Serial Number 1249710 was reported as accurate
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